Californian punches shark off Maui to save herself

Haugen was not bitten; required stitches

 UPDATED 9:32 AM HST Nov 02, 2012
EUREKA, Calif. -

A California woman says she survived a shark attack off Maui by punching the beast in the head.

Mariko Haugen, of Folsom, tells News10, our sister station in Folson, she was swimming with her husband off Maui over the weekend when she encountered a tiger shark.
    
She says her martial arts training prepared her and she punched it twice.
    
Haugen was not bitten but did require stitches for some scratches.

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